Democratic Party's deputy chairman Hayono Isman said the Ahok-Djarot pairing is the best prepared for next year's Jakarta governor race. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Ahok-Djarot the Best for Jakarta, Says Democratic Party's Deputy Chairman


SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Jakarta. Incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat are the best prepared nominees for next year's Jakarta gubernatorial race, according to a senior politician from the Democratic Party.

Hayono Isman, the party's deputy chairman, said the other two pairs of nominees had seemingly emerged out of thin air.

"Honestly, I think only Ahok is well prepared. The others are not. And you have to be thoroughly prepared if you want to lead Jakarta," Hayono said during a press conference in Jakarta on Saturday (24/09).

Ahok-Djarot will compete next year with Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Sylviana Murni — the so-called Cikeas Coalition's picks — and Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno, the picks of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).

Hayono had only recently learned that Agus — former President and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's son — would be nominated as governor next year.

He said Agus' nomination was due to political pressures, and argued that political parties should actually pick tried and proven leaders — of which Agus is not one.

Ahok-Djarot's exemplary leadership

According to Hayono, Jakarta needs a leadership model which the Ahok-Djarot pairing has already demonstrated.

"For me, he [Ahok] does not only speak with his heart, but is also building a great system that will give us a chance to stamp out corruption and improve bureaucracy in Jakarta," he said.

Ahok has also shown good care for his staff by providing them with sufficient remuneration, especially the lower-level civil servants.

"Never in the past have I heard of street cleaners being paid so much. I have never before heard of a sub-district head getting Rp 30 million a month, and a mayor getting a salary of Rp 70 million," Hayono said, adding that despite the improvements, Ahok-Djarot will not be able to appeal to the entire population of Jakarta.

"Unless something extraordinary happens, I will vote for Ahok again. It does not matter if my choice of leader differs from my party's, I will always be a loyal member of the Democratic Party," Hayono said.